Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Soft-Fascism Press

So I'm enjoying the second issue of Sixth Finch. It has such lookers!

Like Jason Bredle, Zachery Schomburg, Heather Christle, Emily Kendel Frey, Matt Hart, Sarah Bartlett, Michael Cirelli, Matthew Lippman, and Doug Ramspeck. And then visual artists as well.

Go poke around.

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Am I allowed to tell you about the nicest compliment I've ever gotten? It's not really about me so much as the design of my co-chapbook, When We Broke the Microscope, from Small Fires Press. My friend, who just got it in the mail today, and who has not yet sat down to read it, but who is departing for a road trip tomorrow, wrote to me, "It's so amazing looking. I can't wait to read it in the car and get carsick."

I want the blurb on my book to say "So amazing, you'll want to get carsick."

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If you are not getting ready to fly to Arkansas Thursday night, you could go to this:

Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm
Reading and launch party for Ellipsis Press authors Eugene Marten and Eugene Lim

Eugene Marten and Eugene Lim read from their new books Waste and Fog & Car. Waste is a spare and chilling account of the day-to-day experience of Sloper, a janitor in a big-city office building. The novel explores the import of the discarded--for those who generate it, those who dispose of it, and those who are themselves discarded. From the humble prospect of his station, Sloper uncovers ominous possibility in lives he barely brushes, allowing Marten in this "stark little masterpiece" to recover language, story and terror from the banality of a throw-away world.

Fog & Car explores the alternating narratives of a failed relationship, one partner marooned in a small Midwestern town and overcome by purposelessness and nostalgia, the other relocated to New York and seeking to put behind the past. Gary Lutz calls it "a deep, engulfing novel of breathtaking, even spooking precision--an altogether heady and heart-shaking debut."

Freebird Books
123 Columbia Street (between Kane and Degraw streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-643-8484
http://www.freebirdbooks.com/directions.html
Hours: Thurs-Fridays 6-10 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-10 pm

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Well, I will be at this next Monday:

KGB Poetry Series

Readers will be Jordan Davis & Katy Lederer

Monday, October 20

85 East 4th St. 2nd/Bowery

7PM, FREE

www.kgbbar.com

Jordan Davis’s first book is Million Poems Journal. He is a columnist for The Constant Critic. His poems have appeared in Faucheuse, The Germ, Quid, Baffling Combustions, and Shiny, among other journals. His essays and reviews have appeared at the Poetry Foundation, and in Slate, The Nation and the Village Voice. With Chris Edgar he edits The Hat, an annual journal. He has read his poetry around the world, from Copenhagen to San Diego, giving several readings a year in New York. He has spoken on panels at AWP about poetry and criticism online, publishing collectives, and his work as Kenneth Koch’s assistant. He has also lectured at the Poetry Project, The New School, Denison University, the University of Kansas, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Columbia College, and the New York City public schools. He also hosts The Million Poems Show, a poetry talk show.

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections, Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions, 2008) as well as the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003), which Publishers Weekly included on its list of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2003 and Esquire Magazine named one of its eight Best Books of the Year 2003. Her poems and prose have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Paris Review, GQ, and elsewhere. She has been anthologized in Body Electric (Norton), From Poe to the Present: Great American Prose Poems (Scribner), and Isn’t It Romantic? (Verse Press), among other compilations. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she serves as a Poetry Editor of Fence Magazine. Her honors and awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from Yaddo (2001; 2004; 2005), MacDowell (2007), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005-2006), and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program.

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On of my closest friends, an amazing poet, and a truly amazing singer and musician is on tour this month. I'm going to the one Snowblink show in NYC but if you live in these other places, please go. There are few things I'm sure of. But I'm sure you will have no regrets when you hear Daniela Gesundheit sing and you listen to her backup band, for they glisten like wet antlers dipped in sugar, Snowblink. Click on the stethoscope.

OCTOBER

THURS 16TH . . . . . . AWESOME FARM
464 W.Kerley Corners,
TIVOLI, NY
8:00 pm
w/ Dead Western, Luxury Pond

FRI 17TH . . . . . . . . . .EARTH HOUSE, WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
159 High St,
MIDDLETOWN, CT
8:30 PM
w/ Belly Boat, Julianna Barwick, Viking Moses

SAT 18TH . . . . . . . . . .LOMPOC CAFE & BREW PUB
36 Rodick St.,
BAR HARBOR, ME
w/ Dead western

SUN 19TH . . . . . . . . . STRANGE MAINE
578 Congress St.,
PORTLAND, ME
w/ Dead Western, Cursillitas


MON 20th . . . . . . . .. .2 GOVERNMENT ST.
KITTERY, ME
9pm
w/ dead western, nat baldwin

TUES 21ST . . . . . . . . . STAIRWELL GALLERY
504 Broadway St.,
PROVIDENCE, RI
w/ annikki dawn, DEAD WESTERN

FRI 24TH . . . . . . . . . .GOLDEN WEST CAFÉ
1105 W. 36th st.,
BALTIMORE, MD
10PM
w/ Twins, Dead Western

SAT 25TH . . . . . . . . . .MERIDIAN COFFEE HOUSE
206 S. Boundary St.
WILLIAMSBURG, VA
w/ Dead Western + Luxury Pond

SUN 26TH . . . . . . . . . . SPEAKERTREE RECORDS
522 5th st.
LYNCHBURG, VA
7PM
w/ Dead Western


MON 27TH . . . . . . . . . .TWISTED BRANCH TEA BAZAAR
414 E. Main St.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
w/ DEAD WESTERN

WEDS 29TH . . . . . . . . .EMILY'S HOUSE
TBA, PHILADELPHIA, PA
w/ Luxury Pond, Emily Rabkin Reading

THURS 30TH . .. . . . . . .ZEBULON
258 Wythe Ave
BROOKLYN, NY
w/ CHARLIE LOOKER, JULIANNA BARWICK, SAM BUCK ROSEN
NYC ALBUM RELEASE!

TUES NOVEMBER 4TH . . TRISTAN'S HOUSE
106 NASH HILL ROAD
WILLIAMSBURG, MA
6:30 PM
w/ LUXURY POND, KURT WEISMAN

2 comments:

Kate said...

thanks for the head's up on snowblink!!

Julia Cohen said...

yeah, you have to come with me. you will come with me. won't you?


please?